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The Basics of Advising Students in Special Populations

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 1:49:40 PM

Many of our students have special advising needs. Sometimes these needs are unique or rare. Sometimes they present barriers to educational achievement. Perhaps you have a student who has moved around a lot due to migrant work or a connection to the military. Maybe one of your students is eligible for an athletic scholarship and it’s been a while since you advised a student-athlete. You likely have students with disabilities, who are experiencing homelessness, who are in foster care, or who are undocumented.

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Topics: Educators, Special Populations, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: New College and Career Curriculum for 2021–2022

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 17, 2021 5:48:06 PM

Later this summer, we will release a new edition of the Texas OnCourse College and Career Curriculum. In this webinar, we provide a preview of the curriculum changes. We also discuss ideas from school districts on the best ways to engage students on college and career planning in middle school.

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Topics: Middle School, Educators, Curriculum Resources, Downloadable Resource

Webinar: Improving CCMR in Your School District

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 19, 2021 6:15:47 PM

Taking a holistic look at our Texas school districts to determine how we can influence college, career, and military readiness (CCMR) is more important this school year than ever. During this professional development webinar, we show how districts around Texas are improving CCMR using Texas OnCourse. In this webinar, you’ll:

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Topics: CCMR and Accountability, Educators, Administrators

How to Choose the Best Career Assessment for Your Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:12:00 PM

The process of selecting a best-fit career assessment can be overwhelming for an educator. There are so many to choose from! Read on to find out how to choose the best assessment for your students. For more info on career assessments, be sure to visit the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Type of Career Paths Quiz is Right for Your Student?

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:06:58 PM

A career paths quiz, or career assessment, is a tool designed to help individuals understand how personal attributes impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Assessments are used to help individuals make more informed career decisions. They are often used by individuals and organizations such as universities, career counselors, outplacement companies, corporate human resources, executive coaches, and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Finding a Career Cluster Quiz for Your Student

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 5:00:18 PM

In Texas, career clusters are organized into related groups to allow students to select complementary endorsements through the Foundation High School Program. Once students determine the cluster that supports their career goals and pathway, the endorsement they will earn becomes clearer. Students can determine the career cluster for them by first exploring clusters and then taking a career cluster quiz or completing an assessment or activity.

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Topics: Middle School, Jobs and Careers, Educators

Essential Workplace Skills

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:43:59 PM

In today's economy, students have to show strong skills to enter the workforce. This is especially true in the United States, where industries are growing faster but creating far fewer jobs. Students need to be ready for the increasingly competitive job market. 

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Students Should Know About Today's Job Market

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:32:52 PM

Today's high school graduates face a much different economy than graduates in the past did. For example, students now face increased job competition, different skill requirements, and retirement uncertainty.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Hosting a Virtual Career Fair for Middle and High School Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 7, 2021 1:28:41 PM

Career fairs in middle and high school used to conjure images of gyms bustling with booths and guest speakers, swag a-plenty. In post-COVID days, educators have pivoted to hosting virtual career fairs. We talked to two Texas educators who hosted virtual career fairs with great success. Whether you’re doing yours live through Zoom, putting videos together on Flipgrid, or making a Google Site for your students, here are some tips!

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Topics: Middle School, Jobs and Careers, High School, Distance Counseling and Learning

What You Need to Know About the Five Endorsements in Texas

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 30, 2021 5:09:43 PM

As part of the Foundation Graduation Plan, Texas middle schoolers are required to declare an endorsement that will influence their path of study in high school. Because this can be a confusing topic for students and families, we’re here with up-to-date information on everything you need to know about the five endorsements in Texas.

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Educators, Academic Planning